“What a lovely couple!”
How many times have you heard that said in church?
There is something beautiful about seeing two people who are in love with each other and it warms our hearts. And when they are a Christian couple who talk about the Lord being at work in their relationship and the blessings of praying together, then we find our faith is warmed and encouraged too.
But unfortunately, in many churches, that doesn’t apply if the couple are both of the same gender.
While heterosexual couples are welcomed and celebrated, same-sex couples are often treated with discomfort, embarrassment, or suspicion – especially in Evangelical churches. All too often what is seen is a caricature or pre-conceived image of a ‘same-sex couple’ which inhibits real conversation.
The strange thing is, people who actually take time to listen to same-sex Christian couples, find the same faith and love at work in their lives, and the same grace of God shining through.
But how can we listen if there are no same-sex couples in our church? And if we worship in an Evangelical church, that is even more likely to be the case.
In response to this dilemma, Accepting Evangelicals has created a YouTube channel and our first video features just such a couple – Martin and Ian.
They talk openly and honestly about coming to terms with their faith and sexuality – about how God brought them together – and about the blessings they have received through their relationship with God and each other.
They are not famous Christin celebrities – they are just an ordinary couple who have promised to love each other for the rest of their lives – but for those who are willing to listen, the same quiet love and warmth shines through their stories, and the same faith in God.
At the end of this short video, there are some questions for personal reflection, or for a small group discussion. If you know someone who has never had the opportunity to listen to a couple like Ian and Martin, perhaps you could send them a link. Or perhaps you could suggest to your church or fellowship group that you spend a little time together hearing from this same-sex couple in their own words.
We hope that each person who watches this video will see what those of us who have the privilege of knowing Martin and Ian see – what a lovely couple!